NEW YORK - L.A.-based designer Brian Lichtenberg presented his fall and winter 2014 men's and women's collection in the sub-basement of the Hudson Hotel here Sunday night.
Inspiration: "There's a little BMX, motocross, Southern California dirt bike [influence] in there - but there's also some vintage clothing inspiration in there," the designer told us, fresh off a
The look: While the motocross inspiration did give Lichtenberg license to organically expand into the aforementioned parody territory (one standout example was a red-and-white sweatshirt emblazoned with "Lichtenboro" in a distinctly Marlboro-like typeface), there were other riffs on racing that included strong-shouldered black-and-yellow checkerboard dresses, contrast-taped knitwear skirts, sporty track pants and tube tops, crop tops and mixed fabrication tops with sheer panels. Long loose-knit scarves and other knitwear pieces evoked a kind of grunge-at-the-racetrack vibe.
Lichtenberg's line includes menswear too, but the offerings consited mostly of sweatshirts, leather (or leather-like) jackets and track pants, sweatpants with a racing inspired black-and-white checkerboard side stripes or crammed with parody racing-related logos five deep on each leg from waistband to kneecap.
The scene: The dimly lit sub-basement of the Hudson Hotel, an official off-site venue of Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week at
The verdict: This is Lichtenberg's second New York Fashion Week presentation, and seeing his complete namesake line is a good reminder that he's much more than a one-trick parody pony. And with recent reports that